North Dakota State 41, Air Force 6

Bison Throttle Falcons 41-6 in WWC Opener

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State Bison earned a victory in their Western Wrestling Conference opener, defeating the Air Force Academy Falcons 41-6 Friday, Jan. 24, at the Bison Sports Arena.

The Bison (7-3) have now won five straight duals, including seven of their last eight.

NDSU BisonNDSU took an early lead and finished the dual by winning five consecutive matches.

After Hunter Weber earned six points at 125 pounds for the Bison with Air Force leaving their slot open, NDSU’s Justin LaValle, Clay Cathey and Tyler Diamond picked up decisions to give the Bison a 15-0 lead through 149 pounds.

Air Force’s Josh Kreimier cut the NDSU advantage to 15-6 with a 3rd-period pin at 157 pins.

NDSU senior and third-ranked Steven Monk reversed the momentum at 165 pounds, earning a pin in the second period and extending his match winning streak to 14.

Bison sophomore Hayden Zillmer – ranked No. 10/11 in the nation at 174 pounds – followed with a major decision to put the match out of reach, 25-6.

Kurtis Julson and Tyler Lehmann picked up pins for NDSU at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively, and Evan Knutson won by an 11-1 major decision over Cody Davis to conclude the match at 285 pounds.

The Bison travel to Madison, Wis., for their next dual against the Wisconsin Badgers in a non-conference match on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m.

No. 21/23 North Dakota State 41, Air Force 6
125 Hunter Weber, NDSU, forf.
133 Justin LaValle, NDSU, dec. Gregory Rinker, AIFO, 9-7
141 Clayton Cathey, NDSU, dec. David Walker, AIFO, 3-2
149 Tyler Diamond, NDSU, dec. Natrelle Demison, AIFO, 8-4
157 Joshua Kreimier, AIFO, pinned Nicholas Olejnik, NDSU, 6:07
165 Steven Monk, NDSU, pinned Joseph Baucke, AIFO, 4:30
174 Hayden Zillmer, NDSU, maj. dec. Konner Witt, AIFO, 19-5
184 Kurtis Julson, NDSU, pinned Scott Reilly, AIFO, 3:48
197 Tyler Lehmann, NDSU, pinned Parker Hines, AIFO, 2:52
285 Evan Knutson, NDSU, maj. dec. Cody Davis, AIFO, 11-1

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